For the second year in a row, Lakewood High School junior Luke Brewer attended the Blue-Grey All-American Combine, an event that is held annually in Greensboro. This year, Brewer earned honors of being the top athlete for the bench press division in the event.
To emphasize the specifics of this accomplishment, the athletes are required to bench press 185 pounds for as many repetitions as possible. Brewer performed well as he was able to achieve 31 reps.
There have been 10 regional combines held throughout the country already this year, including those in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, California and Colorado, and so far, Brewer holds first place for linebackers and is second overall with only two offensive linemen out of Texas pushing out 32 reps.
Brewer attested that being able to representing Sampson County well is one of his goals. He said he strives to make his family, community, teammates, trainers and coaches — past and present — proud.
Brewer also has hopes to attend the Super Regional Combine in June, which will be held at the Washington Redskins Training Center, and also attending several football camps at universities in North and South Carolina over the summer,a ll while continuing to train at the gym. When it comes to the gym, Brewer is no stranger to the Gridiron in Roseboro. His passion for the sport, his drive to improve and determination to never give up on his dreams keeps him motivated and focused, he said.
Standing at almost 5-foot-11, weighing 230 pounds, Brewer celebrated his 17th birthday on Thursday.
He said that he is told often that he resembles Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers and the two definitely have a lot in common. They both were both born on April 20, play the same position in football, and, of course, share the same first names.
“Yeah, if someone tells me I look like him and my mama is around she makes sure she tells them about us having the same birthday and same position as linebacker, ” Brewer pointed out. The Lakewood Leopard said that hopefully one day he will get to meet Kuechly in person and just maybe he might play right alongside him as an NFL player.
For now, Brewer is looking forward to learning as much as he can at the camps, growing stronger and faster over the summer, and is excited to be reunited with his football “brothers” and coaches at Lakewood in August for his senior year with the Leopards.
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